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I lowered my roosting bar to 18 in because I read that chickens can get bumblefoot from jumping down too far. But they wouldn't come into the coop to roost anymore. They started roosting on top of the coop and I had to bring them in each night. So I raised it back up and they come I like clockwork. Go figure. It's about 5 ft high now.
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I have never had bumble foot, I think that comes from wounds, make sure you sand your roosts before installing. Most of mine roost at 5-7 feet, a few go 20 feet up to the rafters.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 6

Bumblefoot is a staph infection of a wound on the foot......

....it's not caused by high jumps onto hard surfaces but anything hard on the feet can make it more likely to happen.

 

Ramps to high roosts and/or nests, provided they are properly built with no sharp edges, can help.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #4 of 6

I always use a manila rope zig-zaged across the board I'm using for the ramp. It's glued on. My thinking was to provide a no slip material that would be easy on their feet. It has held up very well and I have never seen them stumble or loose their footing.

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I always use a manila rope zig-zaged across the board I'm using for the ramp. It's glued on. My thinking was to provide a no slip material that would be easy on their feet. It has held up very well and I have never seen them stumble or loose their footing.

That's a nice idea for 'cleating'!

Do you have older birds too?

Just wondered how it holds up long term....and how you would clean the poop off of it.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Thanks. I love the rope idea!
Blue egg layers are gaining. Now I have four brown egg layers and three blue. Merry Christmas to ME!
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Blue egg layers are gaining. Now I have four brown egg layers and three blue. Merry Christmas to ME!
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